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I almost didn’t get a column written this week because I was distracted by the incredible weather over the past weekend.  I haven’t seen that many boaters, golfers, and bikers on the loose in mid-January in a long, long time!  I even pulled out some shorts and flip-flops to celebrate the occasion. Even the Ladybugs were out crawling around, although I suspect they’re in for a rude surprise. I hope you were able to participate in this great mid-winter weather break. It should be a good primer for folks getting fired up about the Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show opening at 5:00 p.m. February 2.  It runs through February 8.

As far as I know, no one opened a boat manufacturing facility at Grand Lake.  All those boats on the road are headed to Tulsa for the big boat show, pouring onto the road from Grand Lake dealerships.  That show is a proud moment for Grand Lake, by the way. If it wasn’t for the Grand Lake dealers showing their wares at the Tulsa show, it wouldn’t be any bigger or better than all the other shows in this part of the country.  BTW, I have nothing against car racing, and I know a lot of Grand Lakers love the Chili Bowl, but I hope they get the dust out of the building before the boat show this time!


It’s also almost time for another Oklahoma legislative session and once again some tired old bad ideas are popping up.  Senator Rob Standridge (R-Norman) has proposed legislation to sell the Grand River Dam Authority to big business.  I guess he doesn’t know that idea has been studied to death many times over the past few decades and has always been found to be a terrible idea.  Have you noticed legislation to sell GRDA always comes from legislators who are geographically and mentally removed from the positive impact GRDA has? I realize it’s all about a personality war within the Republican party, but I’m hoping cooler heads will prevail and this legislation will be quickly squashed.  Every election cycle we end up with more new people with bad old ideas.  We have people writing laws that I wouldn’t trust to watch my plants!


It’s State of the Union week at the federal level, kicking off another year of gridlock.  Watch the news closely for the latest Presidential proposals that Congress won’t pass, followed immediately by several proposed laws approved by Congress that the President won’t sign. Here we go again.

If Grand Lakers are looking to head further south than Florida in the winter, our government is finally loosening Cuban restrictions. I’m not sure I qualify for “cultural” or “educational” visits or trade missions – but I’m willing to try.  So far, Congress hasn’t released us just to travel as tourists.  By the way, they also need to up the ante on what American travelers can bring back with them from Cuban visits.  It looks to me like that $100 allowance for Cuban cigars is only going to get me about three Cohibas.  I’ll use those up on the ferry before I get back to Key West!


In an apparent effort to take the work out of drinking and nibbling on bar snacks, Burt’s Potato Chips have introduced a line of Guinness-flavored chips.  That seems backwards to me.  Wouldn’t you still be thirsty after eating a bag of salty beer chips?  I guess they might work for guys whose wives make them stop drinking, but chip-flavored beer seems like a smarter option to me than beer-flavored chips.


Okay, I’ve heard it all.  I won’t go so far as to say the general public is paranoid and more than a little goofy, but a new study by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agriculture indicates 80% of those surveyed would support a mandatory government warning label on foods containing DNA.  No, not GMOs – DNA, the genetic material contained in every living organism.  The warning label submitted for the survey was pretty damn funny in its own right: “This product contains deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). Pregnant women are at very high risk of passing DNA on to their children.”  Folks fell for it, though.  80 percent thought such a thing should carry a warning label.  You can’t fix stupid.

Too weird for me!  I’ve heard of women marrying a guy “just like their father,” but not their actual father!  An 18-year-old girl told New York Magazine interviewers she plans to marry her biological father (from whom she was estranged for 12 years) – and have children. They plan to live in New Jersey where adult incest is legal.  Yet another reason not to live in New Jersey, I’m thinking.


If you think people in the United States have hit the ultimate level of weird, you need only look beyond our borders – to China, in this case, where police have broken up a couple of strange prostitution rings in Beijing. Lactating women were provided to male customers who want to be breast-fed.  If you want sex included with your “meal,” the price tag is higher.  #peoplenotlikeus


If you’re planning to spend a little time at the upcoming Tulsa Boat Show, you’ll need a place to stay and someplace to drink.  The Tulsa Wyndham is the official Boat Show Hotel, and there are a couple of former Shangri-La employees there to greet you. Their restaurant and bar stay open late for boat show goers (although my personal favorite bar is Four Aces Tavern, tucked away in a little shopping center right across the street from the Wyndham). Lots of boat dealers and manufacturers stay at the Wyndham, so it’s a good place to get a free drink.  Just act interested in buying a boat.

GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Jeff Thacher, Stephanie Long, Dale Thompson, Tami Bailey, Brad Williams, Kristy Walker-Mayfield, Sarah Thompson, Mitch McCuistian, Ron Sparkman, Doug Goss, Danny Brumble, Paula Brumble, Bud Wyatt, Cathy Weatherford, and Tedde Hartley.


UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  If raisins are just dried grapes, why are they called raisins?  Why aren’t they just called dried grapes?


UNUSUAL FACT OF THE WEEK: People who stay up late at night are likely to be more intelligent than those who go to bed early. (I did NOT make this up just to make myself look good.)


BEST EVENT OF THE WEEK: Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley concert at Buffalo Run Casino Thursday night, January 22.


GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: The weekend entertainment outlook is terrific this weekend, highlighted by the aforementioned Thursday night concert at Buffalo Run Casino’s Indoor Peoria Showplace by Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley, followed by another terrific show the very next night (Friday) by Easton Corbin. There’s more Buffalo Run entertainment at the Trailer Park Bar & Grill with Mustard Hearts performing both Friday and Saturday nights. Downstream Casino will have music fromHoward Gayles in the Lover’s Leap Lounge both Friday and Saturday nights; and The Shotgunbillys will be on stage Friday night in Legends Sports Bar, followed by The Dropouts Saturday night. At Indigo Sky Casinothere is live entertainment in the Echo Bar beginning with The Bobby D. Band Thursday night. Diversity takes the stage Friday night with Boombox Revival wrapping up the weekend with a Saturday night show.

On Monkey Island, Monkey Island Pub, and Road Hog Saloon always have the music cranked up and the dance floors open. If you’re in the Grove area, J.R. Spanky’s has outstanding music from Brandon Butler both Friday and Saturday nights; and if you’re on the south end of the lake, try the always great entertainment at Pickles at the Lake just north of Langley on Highway 82.

The best spots to catch NBA, NCAA, and PGA action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, J.R. Spanky’s and JJ’s Wing ‘N’ It in Grove.  Enjoy!


BUM MUST-SEE TV: Backstrom series premiere on Fox Thursday night at 8:00.  Looks like a really good one!


BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: A couple more good January releases – Mortdecai and The Boy Next Door


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “At the Golden Globe Awards, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made jokes about Bill Cosby. Today, to show there were no hard feelings, Cosby offered by buy each of them a drink.” – Conan O’Brien


SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, January 31 – Thompson Square concert at The Pavilion at Downstream Casino. Sunday, February 1 – Super Bowl SundayMonday, February 2 – Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show, Expo Square, Tulsa Fairgrounds (February 2 is also Ground Hog Day). Wednesday, February 11 – Home of Hope Chocolate Affair, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Craig County Fairgrounds. Saturday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day – sweetheart dinners everywhere, Sweetheart Dance at Big Shots on Monkey Island. Saturday, February 14 – Aaron Lewis performs at The Pavilion at Downstream Casino. Saturday, February 21 – Mardi Paws fundraising party for the critters at Big Shots on Monkey Island.  Saturday, February 21 – Mardi Gras Party and Buffet at the Summit and Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La. Saturday, February 21 – Keith Anderson Concert at Buffalo Run Casino.


Everybody can breathe easy and take a little football break, but there are other great sporting events on the tube this weekend. The OKC Thunder travels to Atlanta Friday night (6:30 on Fox Sports Oklahoma) before heading back home to host LeBron and the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday afternoon at 2:30 on national television (ABC).  They’re back on the court Monday night hosting Minnesota (Fox Sports Oklahoma at 7:00). Other excellent NBA games this week include Spurs at the Bulls Thursday night (7:00 on TNT), Chicago at Dallas Friday night at 7:00 (ESPN), and Miami at Chicago Sunday at noon (ABC).

There are some equally good match-ups at the college level, including OSU at Kansas State Saturday at noon and Oklahoma at Baylor at 5:00, both on ESPN2.  College action kicks off with a good one Thursday night as Alabama travels to Arkansas (6:00 on ESPN2).  Aside from OU and OSU, other Saturday highlights include Kentucky at South Carolina (11:00 on ESPN), Kansas at Texas (1:00 on CBS), TCU at West Virginia (1:00 on ESPNU), Arkansas at Missouri (1:00 on ESPN2), UCLA at Oregon (CBS at3:00) and LSU at Vanderbilt (ESPNU at 5:00).

On the PGA Tour, the big kids are back in the lower 48 this week, playing in La Quinta, California.  It’s the Humana Challenge in Partnership with the Clinton Foundation.  Coverage is on the Golf Channel Thursday-Sunday beginning at 2:00 with a prime time repeat of each day’s action.


Weather for the upcoming weekend is not as perfect as the one gone by, but it’s not bad, either.  Highs will be in the mid to upper 40s with a smattering of sunshine.  Not too back for a mid-winter weekend. Get out and kick up your heels a little.  You need to start getting in drinking condition for the Tulsa Boat Show. Wherever you choose to party around the lake this weekend, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me.



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Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area?  Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.


American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley (smoking in the bar)

Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)

Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.J.’s Wing ‘N’ It in Downtown Grove

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

Kelly’s Bar & Deli at Red Arrow Marina

La Casita de Martin in Grove

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)

Napoli’s Italian Restaurant (Langley)

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Pensacola Pizza & Pasta in Langley  (smoking on patio only)

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Summerside Winery in Vinita

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)

Trail’s End Barbecue in Grove

Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)